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Saturday, April 12, 2008 Options
Asha Bhosle

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Asha Bhosle with her late husband / collaborator R. D. Burman.

Asha Bhosle recently completed a 75th birthday tour with a stop at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, April 17 and a retrospective CD 75 Years of Asha due out shortly on Times Square records.

Asha has sung for Indian films since she was ten years old. As a playback singer, she's provided the musical voice for hundreds of actors. She's recorded thousands of film songs in Hindi and many regional languages, and won scores of awards from India's film industry.

But Asha Bhosle is acclaimed as well for her versatility: She sings traditional music in her native Marathi language, Hindu devotional songs and Urdu ghazals - romantic sung poetry. Her Indian classical collaboration with Ali Akhbar Khan garnered a Grammy nomination. She's collaborated with various artists outside Indian music from Boy George to the Kronos Quartet - and even participated in an 80s UK dance-pop project with with members of Blancmange and Yazoo called West India Company.

Global Rhythm Magazine tour preview:

Times Square Records:

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Asha Bhosle: Aaj Ki Raat Options / Various Artists: Golden Voices from the Silver Screen Volume 3 / Globestyle
Originally from the film Anamika

Shujaat Husain Khan: Aashiko Ke Khoda Options / Hawa Hawa / World Village
You Have Become a God For All the Lovers of the World

Nistanimera: Ela Katu Options / Chore / Alfa Music
Chore is a collection of Ethnic Greek songs from southern Italy.

La Lionetta: Valona Nauti-Tour Options / Arzan / Folkclub Ethnosuoni
From the Piedmont region of Italy.

Goran Bregovic: Gas Gas Options / Karmen With a Happy End / Mercury
With the Wedding and Funeral Orchestra

The Junky JAP Dogs: I'm Flying Options / Various Artists: Okinawa Champloo Paradise / Teichiku

Nation Beat: A Onde Te Cerveza Options / Unreleased / Modiba / *
From their forthcoming cd

Gary Lucas and Najma: Rishte Options / Unreleased
Guests on this show April 26; NYC debut as a duo at Joe's Pub May 3.

Asha Bhosle: Jiva Laga Options / 75 Years of Asha / Times Square Records / *
New anthology - mostly old songs with a few new recordings. This is a traditional song in the Marathi language of Asha's home region, Maharashtra.

Mangeshkar Family: Marathi Folk Song Options / The Phenomenal Mangeshkars / Odeon

Asha Bhosle: Leke Pahla Phala Pyar Options / C.I.D. (Bollywood Soundtrack) / EMI
With Mohammed Rafi and Shamshad Begum

Asha Bhosle: Piya To Ab To Aaja Options / Rough Guide to Asha Bhosle / World Music Network
Originally on the Teesri Manzil Indian popular film soundtrack.

Asha Bhosle: Aaja Aaja Main Hum Pyar Tera Options / Love Supreme / Tiimes Square
Originally on the Teesri Manzil Indian popular film soundtrack.

Asha Bhosle: Yuhun Na Thi Options / Various Artists: WOMAD Talking Book Asia / WOMAD
Originally on the ghazal album Abshaar-e-Ghazal with Hariharan.

Asha Bhosle with Kronos Quartet: Dum Maro Dum Options / You've Stolen My Heart / Nonesuch
"Take another toke"

Asha Bhosle: Dum Maro Dum Options / Various Artists: Rough Guide to Bollywood / World Music Network
Originally on the soundtrack to the Indian popular film Hare Rama Hare Krishna

Asha Bhosle: Na Marte Hum Options / Aap Ki Asha / Universal
For this 2001 stand-alone (non-soundtrack) cd, Asha wrote the music herself, something she had never done before.

Asha Bhosle: Zindagi Yeh Kaisa Hai Options / Swami Dada + Hum Naujawan (Bollywood Soundtrack set) / RPG Saregama
With Amit Kumar and Kishore Kumar

West India Company: Vishnu Shlokas Options / 7" / London
Featuring Asha Bhosle

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Dil Da ROg Muka Jah Mahi Options / Various Artists: Traveler 08 / Six Degrees / *
Gaudi mix, remixed by Cheb i Sabbah

Bombay Dub Orchestra: Spiral Options / Various Artists: Traveler 08 / Six Degrees / *
Chennai 5am Mix

Etran Finatawa: Kel Tamasheck Options / Desert Crossroads / *
Tamasheck = Tuareg. Etran Finatawa is on its first US tour, playing NYC Symphony Space Friday 4/18.

Think of One: Gnawa Power Options / Camping Shaabi / Crammed Discs / *

Darga: Sandiya Options / Darga

Listener comments!

  Sat. 4/12/08 6:30pm slugluv1313:

thanks for the Shujaat music, Rob! i am not working at the show to-night (bummer!) but ever since i first heard/saw him some years ago (as the sun was beginning to peek through the stained glass windows at the first All Night Indian Classical Music concert that i worked at . . . MAGICAL!) -- i have NEVER forgotten the unique, transforming quality of his music . . . and the "Hawa Hawa" album in particular (REALLY helped a lot as i was driving home after cremation ceremony for CHAOS some years ago) -- Mr. Khan's sitar playing is sooooo beautiful but i love it when he sings too!
  Sat. 4/12/08 7:45pm slugluv1313:

LOVING this interview with the amazing Ms. Bhosle!!!!!!! (you are SO lucky to have met with her !!!!!!! how were you able to arrange this????? i do not think i would have been able to have spoken a single word; i would have been in total awe!)
  Sat. 4/12/08 7:49pm Your DJ:

Thanks slugluv. You know it was a tricky interview, she's not a big talker especially in English. But you know it's special just to have a little visitation with a figure of her stature. To help things along I've chosen to drop in a lot of music; hopefully it can serve as a little introduction to Asha.
  Tue. 4/15/08 8:30pm will:

hey there rob,
i missed the show at gerome last friday night.i really wanted to catch miz rupa and the april matters had precedence.i heard them on an achive show a week or two ago.while talat was the guest on the show.they were terrific too.and i would very much like to get there for rupa,i hope that i might still have the opportunity to see their act.i am hoping you might have more info on their upcoming performances.and how i can get the schedule of events at gerome too.thanks for the fantastic music you play. will
  Wed. 4/16/08 2:17pm Ted from Baltimore:

Listening on the archives -- just a wonderful show. Every track has moved me in some way, but Yuhun Na Thi in particular is just breathtaking. And wonderful, of course to learn about Asha Bhosle and her family.
  Thu. 4/17/08 12:55pm Your DJ:

Yuhun Na Thi was the song that originally introduced me to Asha Bhosle, courtesy of the producers of the WOMEX festivals in England who included it on their "Talking Book Asia". Much credit should also go to Hariharan, who is responsible for the music. You might still be able to find the full Asha Bhosle / Hariharan ghazal album on which Yuhun Na Thi originally appeared, "Abshaar-e-Ghazal", at Indian / South Asian shops, or online.
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